Earth & Bike Month Events

Earth Month - MSU Sustainability

Earth Month – MSU Sustainability

April is Earth Month leading into National Bike Month (May).  MSU Sustainability and MSU Bikes have been busy organizing events, some in collaboration with students and other departments on campus, to raise awareness and inspire our campus community.  This page brings together everything we’ve got cooking!  The Be Spartan Green Happenings page includes some others not listed here.

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MSU Energy Bike Tour (Apr. 11)

https://www.facebook.com/events/212574808941306/

MSU Energy Bicycle Tour 2014

MSU Energy Bike Tour flier

On Friday, April 11th, Sean Patrick Martin (Environmental Studies and Agriscience junior) will be hosting a bicycle tour around campus that will visit various places that are good examples of Michigan State University’s energy consumption and production. The tour will begin in Brody Complex, pass by the MSU Bikes Service Center, MSU Recycling Center, the power plant, the digester, the Nursing School’s geothermal field and conclude at the MSU Dairy Store.

The goal of this tour is to provide an opportunity to critically think about how MSU is currently using energy, the problems it faces and the potential solutions possible in order to make the campus and community a more sustainable place. The route will be about an easy, enjoyable 8 miles over the course of 2 hours (with stops every 10 minutes or so).  Start point: The small amphitheater in Brody Complex south of the cafeteria behind Emmons Hall.  Please register for this event here to confirm your attendance so we can get more concrete numbers on who’s going. It takes like 30 seconds, thank you!

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Lansing Bike Party Season Opener (Apr. 11)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lansingbikeparty/

This weekly social, slow bike ride that’s been starting on the MSU campus since the spring of 2009, is starting up this Friday.  We meet up at the Eli Broad Art Museum’s west entrance at 5:30 pm and then roll-off approx. 5:45 pm.  From the Facebook event page:

Lansing Bike Party

Lansing Bike Party ride, summer 2013

“Bikes, science and culture combine this Friday into a tripleplay of sociability. Come join the fun! First, it’s the MSU Energy Bicycle Tour, an exploration of Green civic projects on campus, from 3-5 (starting amphitheater S of Brody Cafeteria, finish Dairy Store). Then the LBP meets 5:30 in front of the Broad. Then we‘ll ride around town, taking in springtime views of the Rivertrail and neighborhoods (for half-hr to an hour) then visit Project Hazel, an art opening in a huge old converted warehouse on Hazel St — billed as “art/fashion/music/eats,” hours 6-10. After exploring Project Hazel for an hour or so, or whatever we like, we can ride back as a group, or folks can do their own thing.”

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Celebrate Biking at 2nd MSU Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast  (Apr. 17)

http://msubikes.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/2nd-annual-bike-to-work-campus-breakfast/

Mark your calendars for Apr. 17, 8 am – 10 am, for our 2nd Annual Bike to Work – Campus Breakfast to honor those that pledge to bicycle to work/ campus on National Bicycle to Work Day (which is May 16th, 2014) and celebrate bicycling as an important part of MSU Sustainability’s Earth Month activities.   Join us for a free breakfast in the large private dining room of the Brody Cafeteria.  Just give your name and the event name at the register.

Mid-MEAC's Valet Bike Parking crew

Mid-MEAC’s Valet Bike Parking crew (Brandon and Julie Powers in purple shirts) w/ Tim and Lauren Olson of MSU Sustainability.

4/16 Update:  Kemel Dawkins, MSU’s new Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, will be unable to attend our breakfast due to demands on his schedule.

Enjoy free bicycle valet parking provided by Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council just outside the main entrance to Brody Hall.

There is a limit of 56 people for the room so please RSVP using this form. There is a short survey on the RSVP form which we hope will allow us to have some interesting data to share during the breakfast regarding our attendees and their bike commuting.

We’re lining up speakers now for a panel discussion, raffle prizes and a helmet give-away along with a bike safety trivia game courtesy of our friends at the MSU Council of Students with Disabilities to help reduce brain injury and other bike accidents on campus.

 

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MSU Surplus Store Used Bike Sale, Apr. 19

MSU Surplus Store Used Bike Sale, Apr. 19

Big MSU Surplus Bike Sale (Apr. 19)

The first big bike sale of 2014 will start Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm with more than 300 used bikes with prices as low as $10 each for as-is bikes up to $225 for the nicer ones that have been refurbished by the skilled mechanics at MSU Bikes which come with 30-day free check-overs.  A number of refurbished bikes are currently available for sale at the MSU Bikes Service Center and at the Surplus Store for those who would rather avoid the lines of the big sale.

 

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Donate Your Unused Bikes – Meridian Township Recycling Event (Apr. 26)

http://recycle.meridian.mi.us/events/2014/4-26.pdf

Meridian Twp Recycling Event -04-26-14

Meridian Twp Recycling Event -04-26-14 flier

Have some bikes hanging in your garage or basement, or old bike parts/ accessories that you’d like to donate to someone who needs a bike?  Consider bringing them to the upcoming Meridian Township Recycling Event on April 26 from 9 am – 2 pm at the Chippewa Middle School.  Many other items are being collected the same day.  Bikes will be collected by MSU Bikes and Share a Bike of E. Lansing.

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Greater Lansing Ride of Silence - MSU – E. Lansing (May 21)

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Gather at Wells Hall courtyard (east side of Wells Hall) for sign-in, tying on of arm-bands, etc. Ceremony and bag pipe music will accompany us as we roll off at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Bathrooms should be available in Wells Hall.
Time: Gather between 5:15 to 6:05 p.m., roll-off at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Note: We are bumping up the time again this year in order to return home in more light for the safety of our participants.
Route / Destination: Our destination will once again be the steps of the State Capitol Bldg. Our updated route map is here: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5851132

Greater Lansing Ride of Silence - 2013

Greater Lansing Ride of Silence – 2013

“The 2014 Greater Lansing  Ride of Silence will take place Wednesday, May 21, at 5:30 pm  on the Michigan State University campus. Area cyclists will take to the streets in a silent procession to honor those cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.”

Check out the Facebook Page here!

2nd Annual MSU Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast

bike-to-work-campus-breakfast-2014 flyer

MSU Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast 2014 flier

Mark your calendars for Apr. 17, 8 am – 10 am, for our 2nd Annual Bike to Work – Campus Breakfast to honor those that pledge to bicycle to work/ campus on National Bicycle to Work Day (which is May 16th, 2014) and celebrate bicycling as an important part of MSU Sustainability’s Earth Month activities.   Join us for a free breakfast in the large private dining room of the Brody Cafeteria.  Just give your name and the event name at the register.

4/16 Update:  Kemel Dawkinss new Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, will be unable to attend our breakfast due to demands on his schedule.

Enjoy free bicycle valet parking provided by Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council just outside the main entrance to Brody Hall.

Mid-MEAC's Valet Bike Parking crew

Mid-MEAC’s Valet Bike Parking crew (Brandon and Julie Powers in purple shirts) w/ Tim and Lauren Olson of MSU Sustainability.

There is a limit of 56 people for the room so please RSVP using this form. There is a short survey on the RSVP form which we hope will allow us to have some interesting data to share during the breakfast regarding our attendees and their bike commuting.

We’re lining up speakers now for a panel discussion, raffle prizes and a helmet give-away along with a bike safety trivia game courtesy of our friends at the MSU Council of Students with Disabilities to help reduce brain injury and other bike accidents on campus.

Free food!

Free food! Yummm!

MSU Bike Polo Fridays

After playing on January 11, 2013 in the IM West Turf Grass Arena.

After playing on January 11, 2013 in the IM West Turf Grass Arena.


Come play bike polo in the best (only?) indoor bike polo arena in the Midwest!

Right in the middle of the MSU campus at the IM West indoor turf grass arena every Friday evening from 5:45 pm – 7 pm for spring semester 2014!  Unfortunately all participants/ attendees have to be MSU ID holders (students, faculty/ staff, etc.) to get into the IM facility.  Sorry. I’ll be looking for an off-campus site to open things up more.

MSU Bike Polo Fridays poster

Print out and post this poster wherever you can!

We can provide a limited number of loaner bikes if you don’t have a bike to play on (or would rather not risk damaging your nice bike).  Helmets are recommended.  Polo mallets are also available to borrow if you don’t have your own (here are some DIY instructions for making your own mallet).

If you can please come to the MSU Bike Project workshop at Demonstration Hall at 5:30 pm to help bring the loaner bikes and mallets over to the Turf Arena. 

Winter Bike Sale!

Holiday sale @ MSU Bikes

Fuji Porteur 2012 - Gold 52cm Frame

A perfect city bike that looks great and can haul a load. Only one left! Someone will get it for $339.00 on Dec. 3rd!

Beginning December 3rd until further notice all in-stock bikes are 15% off! Many new bikes have recently arrived and are being added to our inventory.  Includes new and online bikes which can be checked out on the Surplus Store website.

 

Other Winter Biking Related Services:

Bike Garage @ Trowbridge Parking Ramp

Bike Garage @ Trowbridge Parking Ramp. Holds up to 23 bikes and features a DIY repair station.  The Grand River Bike Garage holds 50!

Enhanced Security Bike Parking:
Are you or someone significant to you planning to ride through the winter but don’t want your bike all iced up or vandalized/ stolen?  Consider a membership to one of our two MSU Bike Garages on campus.  Click here for more information.

Looking for Special Accessories or Parts?
Looking for special parts or accessories for a restoration or jazzing up an older vintage bike maybe for someone’s birthday or other special occasion?  We can special order stuff at great prices from many different vendors.  More details here.

Velo Orange leather saddles

Velo Orange leather saddles are surprisingly affordable.

New Secure Bike Parking Facilities on Campus

MSU Bike Garage in Trowbridge Parking Ramp

MSU Bike Garage in the Trowbridge Parking Ramp. The Dero Fixit station can be seen holding a bike.  Click pic for more detailed photos of the Garages.

Michigan State University is certified as a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, but the high population density and unpredictable weather can be quite unfriendly to bicycle hardware and riders.

Two new bike parking facilities are opening on campus to help alleviate some of those concerns for students, faculty and staff.

MSU Bikes, a service unit of the Sustainability Department, has been working with multiple units on campus to develop and install MSU Bike Garage enhanced-security parking facilities inside two vehicle parking ramps.

The first two completed locations are in the ramps on Trowbridge Road and Grand River Avenue.

The MSU Bike Garages are fenced-in spaces on the ground level, providing protection from theft on all sides and some shelter from the elements. Access is controlled by the university’s card sensor technology seen in buildings across campus, and the caged instead of solid walls provide a safe level of visibility inside and outside the structure.

Inside the facilities, cyclists can lock up their ride in a row of Lightning Bolt™ racks, which are designed to keep bikes upright and work especially well with U-locks. Riders can also take advantage of a Dero Fixit™ station and air pump, similar to the self-serve amenities outside the Bikes Service Center in Bessey Hall.

MSU Bike Garage in the Grand River Parking Ramp

MSU Bike Garage in the Grand River Parking Ramp.   Click pic for more detailed photos of the Garages.

The Bike Garage in the Grand River Avenue ramp can hold up to 50 bikes, while the one in the Trowbridge Road ramp has space for 23. Annual and shorter term memberships provide are available immediately and provide access to both facilities.  Since there is a physical capacity of 73 bikes that can be parked between the two facilities and membership will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

“Campus cyclists now have new options: if you live too far away from campus to ride your bike the whole way you can keep your bike in the garage over night and have it ready to ride once on campus.”  said Tim Potter, MSU Bikes’ manager, who will be overseeing the operations.  “Or, if you find the garages too far away from your office consider keeping a 2nd inexpensive bike locked in the garage and then lock your nice bike in the garage and ride the cheaper one to your building.”

One of our customers’ top 10 favorite things about the bike parking garages:
1. Your campus bike (and all its removable parts) will all be there when you need them.
2. Your campus bike will stay dry and rust-free over nights and weekends.
3. It’s lit and safe in the dark winter mornings and evenings.
4. Your campus bike won’t get kicked in on the racks after the bar crawls.
5. You can park your car in the Grand River ramp then jump on your bike to get around campus fast – great during campus construction, game days or when the inner lots are full (that’s all the time.)
6. Leave a bike securely parked on campus and you’ve got easy access to the river trail for weekend rides.
7. Rent is cheap.
8. You get the most optimal parking spot on Grand River.
9. There’s a handy bike pump and repair stand. Super deluxe.
10. Your friends who bike in other cities will be jealous that you have such a luxurious work feature!
(courtesy Marian M. Reiter, Graphic Artist II, Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications)

Access to the two Garages will be free to authorized users for the remainder of the summer semester.   If you’d like to take advantage of the free ‘test ride’ period (the rest of August) please come by our Center and fill out our Bike Garage membership application; we’ll then give you a new sticker and get your MSU ID authorized to access both facilities.  You’ll then have the option to continue using the facilities after the new semester starts up for a fee (week – month: $15; 1 mo – 3 mos: $25; 3 mo – 9 mos: $35; 1 yr: $50).

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Local Advocacy & Social Groups

July 27 Ride Around Town - at the new Park Lk. Rd. Burcham round-about

July 27 Ride Around Town – at the new Park Lk. Rd. Burcham round-about under constrution.

Lansing’s Friday Nite Ride Around Town Weekly social ride starting at MSU Beaumont Tower at 5:30 pm (roll-off at 5:45 pm) during warm months of the year.  Destinations vary but are generally within 10 mi. and involve food and drink.  Speeds are low.  Dress brightly and bring lights for the ride home (which is often times getting dark).

Friends of Meridian Township PathwaysWe’re all about promoting, supporting & helping maintain the existing Meridian Township Pathway network as well as doing what we can to see more pathways get built to complete the network both adjacent to roadways and off-road corridors like the Inter-Urban Pathway.

Valet Bike Parking at Great Lakes Folk Festival

One of the MMATC community services, Valet Bike Parking at a Great Lakes Folk Festival in years past.

Mid-Michigan Active Transportation Coalition (MMATC):  This is a diverse group of citizens from Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.  It is the advocacy group of the TCBA (see below).  We joined together in 2009 to promote policies, programs, and planning which integrate active transportation choices in the Mid-Michigan community.   By doing so, we bring about positive changes in biking, walking, and transit infrastructure and to see an increase in the number of citizens who use these choices as an alternative to strictly automobile use.

Google group discussion group
(where most of the action occurs):   Monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7:300 pm at Gone Wire Cafe, 2021 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing.
Tri-County Bike Assn: The area’s largest bike club who’s members have lots of good group rides about every evening of the week.  Their DALMAC tour from MSU campus to the Mackinac Bridge is their main fundraising event of the year.

MSU Bike’s Commuter Challenge 2011 results

Thanks for your generous patience; the results are in!  

Commuter near MSU campus heading home.The first MSU Bike’s Commuter Challenge, held during National Bike to Work Week (May 16 – 20th, 2011) saw 24 participants (plus 2 who were interested in trying it but were unable to participate).  We collected some interesting statistics and compelling commentary about their commute routes/ experiences (Here’s a link to a PDF file with that commentary and some other data from the Challenge that you might enjoy reading).

Approx. ¾ of them were experienced commuters with the remaining being beginners.  The average mileage for the week was 36 miles and for the year to date 320 miles.

The winning individual commuter in the Experienced category was Laura Carter, who works at the Main Library, who logged 90 miles for the week.  There’s a tie for 2nd place between Mike Weigand (Plant Pathology & MSU Bikes) and Layne Cameron (University Relations) with 70 mi. each.  3rd place goes to me, your illustrious organizer with 55 miles.

In the Beginner category Leslie Galvez wins with 60 miles, then Jane Meland (Libraries) with 27 miles followed by Hollyce Balentine in 3rd place with 21 miles.

The winning campus department was the Library with 4 participants, 2nd place goes to MSU Bikes (yay) with 3 participants and a 2-way tie for 2nd place with the Cyclotron, Fisheries and Wildlife (CANR) with 2 each.

So, now you’re wondering when do we have the awards ceremony?

That will be on June 29th, Wed., at noon here at MSU Bikes on our deck or inside the shop if it’s raining.  We’ll give out some cool awards for the folks named above (except myself) and some certificates for the departments.  Hope to see you here!

To those of you who did, thanks for participating!  We’ll plan on doing it again next May during National Bike to Work Week, but in the meantime keep commuting by bike to save $$, for your health and for the fun of it!

Tim Potter & Crew @ MSU Bikes

PS:  If you’re not subscribed to the MSU Bikes eNewsletter (a Yahoo group), please hit that link and consider subscribing to stay informed of bike events and other bike-related info. on campus and in the community.  Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our newer blog here.

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